Originally Posted by lifelongMOgal
I've started searching for a new lab pup through retriever news and thi is what I am finding to be very true. However, these breeders also offer guarantees on their dogs, have great testimonials, and are professionals in every way.
Purebred lab pups from a quality breeder are very hard to find. It took us two years. That was 14 years ago too.
We couldn't find a lab puppy anywhere. Ultimately, my girlfriend's sister had her female with champion lines studded by a male owned by a very reputable breeder. Since she had the litter for us, we had second pick of the litter. The stud breeder had first pick.
We lucked out and got ours for $350 because we were friends of the family and that was the price she quoted before she started the process. The rest of his litter mates went for $2,000 and up to $6,500.
She owns a huge produce farm. Her brother had given her this champion female, but she never intended on being a breeder. She only bred this dog for us. As a result, my dog's litter was the only litter her female ever had.
He's 14 now. Let me tell you, it was totally worth the wait. He was a great hunting dog, and he's still a fantastic family member. I wish he could live another 14 years!